The emo the genre is cathartic by nature, but slow songs provide an opportunity for artists to reflect even deeper into the feelings that make us human. And one way or another, even when presented alongside rhythmic, angst-driven tracks, the ballads still end up being among the most memorable songs from their respective albums. They have that certain type of resistance that survives and transcends the “thing” of the moment. In short, you can’t help but come back to it long after you’ve left your emo phase.
From the big hits that still dominate alternative radio stations after more than 10 years to independent gems that started out as best-kept secrets, we’ve compiled a list of piano songs that are sure to evoke nostalgia and maybe even draw a tear or two.
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Used serenade – “Fall for you”
If your iPod Nano was loaded with sad songs, we’re willing to bet Used serenade‘s “Fall for youWas one of them. Thirteen years later, it is still impossible to resist the belt Jean Veselysincere words about the girl who is impossible to find. We have yet to give up hope of seeing a new album from the band in the near future.
Augustana – “Boston”
Augustane‘s “Boston”Was the ultimate song where you lean your head against a car window and pretend you were in a music video. It was also the perfect trail for anyone who needed a fresh start. Despite being a simplistic ballad, it makes you want to go on an adventure, especially since it accumulates towards the end. Singer and pianist Dan Layus Now suing the band as the only remaining member, and we hope there might be another song as iconic as this on the horizon.
The All-American Rejects – “It Ends Tonight”
Early 2000s rock chart-toppers American rejections Couldn’t have chosen a better way to start this beautifully simple ballad than with piano chords. They created an opportunity for the frontman Tyson ritterThe vocals of really take full effect in the creepy first verse and made the eventual drumbeat drop so much more epic. You can practically feel the darkness turning into light.
Evanescence – My Immortal “
If you don’t instantly become the kid in the “turn up the volume” same every time you hear this song, you are lying. Of all the beautiful bewitching ballads Evanescence have issued over the years, “My Immortal“is certainly one of the most changeable, whether or not you have pipes like Amy lee‘s. Go ahead, let yourself be carried away by the emotion. We will not judge.
Hey Monday – “Candles”
Hey mondaythe iconic debut album of 2008, Hold on tight, was full of touching pieces, but the soulful “Candles”Stood out in particular. It just has this way of making you feel like you’re really in a dark room, lit only by candles. Pope CassadeeThe vulnerable voice of on the piano still gives us chills to this day.
Automatic Loveletter – “Hush”
Like other pop-rock-the singer-turned-The voice–Sensational pope, Juliet Simms quickly became known and loved for her unique vocal style when her band Automatic loveletter emerged on the scene. In this sweet and slow breaking song, she displays the perfect balance between pristine pop and the jagged, raspy sides of her vocals. “Hush” remains a favorite among fans who have followed Simms’ musical journey from the start.
Mayday Parade – “Terrible things”
Just when we thought May 1st parade impossible to write something sadder than “Miserable at best», They released their EP 2011, Valdosta, which featured their tearful ultimate, “Terrible things. “The song finds Mayday in its most stripped-down musically; much of it is simply minimalist piano and vocals, with the frontman Derek sanders tell a tragic story in a way that only he can.
Avril Lavigne – When You’re Gone “
For many, singer-songwriter with pink hair and dark eyeshadows Avril Lavigne was a gateway to the world of pop-punk. But even in her heaviest musical era, she still graced the stage with powerful ballads such as “When you’re gone. “It was the love song we didn’t know we needed amid the fast, loud, guitar-centric anthems that blew up the charts at the time.
Something corporate – “Konstantine”
Before Andrew McMahonthe very successful solo project of, Andrew McMahon in the desert, there was Jack’s model. Even before that there was Something corporate, the group with which he is most closely associated by OG emo kids. McMahon has carried his heart-to-heart songwriting style and incredible pianist skills to every step of his career, and that’s where it all started. Throughout its nine-and-a-half-minute duration, the beloved track “Constantine”Creates a whole world listeners can dive into, telling the story of a strained relationship in startling detail.
The Shattering Pumpkins – “Disarm”
The beautifully layered instrumentals, grunge vocals and powerful lyrics of this Crush pumpkins ballad make it a real one 90s classic. Sure, he might be just as driven by the acoustic guitars as he is by the keys, but he certainly wouldn’t carry the same level of emotion without them. The song played a huge role in the band’s huge mainstream success in 1993, siamese dream, and will probably always be a staple of their live performances.